We had to find the perfect summer grilling Cab for this Crush Collection, and the 2017 Red Hills Lake County Pivot Cabernet Sauvignon is one fine choice!
Cabs are always a popular go-to varietal when you’re grilling or having a diverse collection of wine drinkers at your summer soiree! But Cabs can be all over the map — especially when it comes to price, and one of the things we hope you’ll learn from us is this: a big price tag doesn’t always mean a big "win" when it comes to a Cab.
Napa Cabs are pretty much the “kings of the Wine Country,” but that is not the only part of California where good Cabernet grapes are grown. So one of the things we love to do is explore different growing regions that tend to have similar micro-climates and soil types to stretch ourselves. What we’ve discovered is that there are so many crush-worthy wines out there that people should know about — and that’s what makes this particular Cab one we wanted to showcase under our own Pivot label!
Lake County, which is north of both Sonoma and Napa Counties, is one of the smallest viticulture areas in northern California. Red Hills is an American Viticulture Areas (AVA), which means that the terroir of this region is unique to this area and because of this create a style of wine that is is exclusive to this specific region. Red Hills has begun to earn a real reputation for making delicious Cabernet Sauvignon because of its unique soils of volcanic and obsidian, which tend to add minerality to the wines.
These are the kinds of elements we like to seek out when we’re seeking wines to curate for our Crush Collections because they offer up a combination of value and deliciousness we think you deserve!
Wines we’ve experienced from this growing region tend to be dominated by dark fruits with strong tannin structure. While this region is capable of producing powerful Cabs like some of those in Napa, the land cost here is much less, so producers can afford to sell their wines at more affordable prices.
If you like this 2017 Red Hills Lake County Pivot Cabernet Sauvignon, you might also enjoy: Steel Red Hill Cabernet Sauvignon or Obsidian Ridge Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.